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Terra Cotta Tiles
One of the oldest of roofing materials, these tiles
are made from hard fired clay in many different shapes and patterns.

terracotta pantiles

Above is a shot of some quintessentially English pantiles.

mediterranean terracotta roof tiles

Centuries old roof tiles in Ravenna Northern Italy

The technique of alternating rows of overlapping concave and convex using tiles from the same simple mould, combined with the overlapping as they went up the slope has got to be a major innovation in building construction

It developed independently in Europe and the east. Above is an example of Mediterranean terracotta tiles and below are the so called "Ying and Yang" tiles of China and the Far East

See also the ancient Roman imbrex and tegula tiles.

See also shingle type terracotta tiles fixed as roof tiles and as wall gable end shingles.

For more on clay roofing tiles with some photos of traditional tile and brick kilns.

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